The Texas Rangers have had their way with the N.L. West thus far. They won two of three from the San Francisco Giants as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks. And as for the lowly, last-place San Diego Padres?
Three Game Sweep…whatever, you can keep the perfect weather, San Diego! We’ll settle for the three wins!
And now it’s time for the Colorado Rockies to march into town. The cold-weather crusaders are currently in Arlington—and the Metroplex is especially pumped.
“Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does…”
“We’re off to see the Wizard…”
“The wonderful Wizard of Os…”
Oh yeah, tonight’s the debut of “The Wizard of Os,” aka “Roy Oswalt.”
Mr. Oswalt, he of the 159-93 won/loss record over his illustrious career. Yep, the same former two-time 20-game winner. And right again, the one who spent most of his career in Houston with the Astros before spending a year plus in Philadelphia with three other aces.
Sure, his fastball might have lost some zip, and his curveball’s more 11-5 than 12-6, but he’s still a damn fine pitcher—and he’s all ours! He’s hungry for a World Series title, because even with half of planet earth’s aces on one staff, well, it didn’t work out so well for Philly.
Colorado Rockies (26-42)
CF Dexter Fowler
2B Marco Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
DH Jason Giambi
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Todd Helton
3B Chris Nelson
C Wilin Rosario
SS Jonathan Herrera
Oswalt hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since October 5, 2011. That was game 4 of the NLDS, and Os took the loss against the St. Louis “still to soon to talk about” Cardinals.
Over his career, Oswalt has loved facing Colorado—he’s 8-1 with a 1.94 ERA. At Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the Os is 2-5 with a 4.78 ERA.
Texas Rangers (43-27)
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
DH Adrian Beltre
3B Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Mike Napoli
C Yorvit Torrealba
CF Craig Gentry
LHP Christian Friedrich (4-3, 5.60 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 9 K/9)
24-year-old Friedrich was a first-round pick by the Rockies in 2008. His home/road splits are almost as bi-polar as his lefty vs. righty ones.
At home—where the balls fly freely much like Rangers Ballpark—Friedrich is 1-2, with a robust 12.60 ERA. On the road he’s 3-1 with a sparkling 2.10 ERA. Against right-handed batters, Friedrich is more Dr. Hyde than Mr. Jekyl, as righties produce this slash line: .276/.346/.441.
Left-handers light him up with frequency: .385/.429/.615.
Whereas the Texas Rangers have loved their time against N.L. West teams, Friedrich is no fan of the A.L. West. He’s 0-2, with a 16.00 ERA, allowing 19 hits and 16 earned runs against the Mariners and Angels this season.